Robert Morris vs Canisius Preview

Robert Morris vs Canisius Preview
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After six consecutive losses, the one week break for the Canisius Golden Griffins (1-6) could not have come at a better time. A 70-55 loss to Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure was worse than the 15-point margin looked and it left many scratching their heads. I went over three reasons why the Griffs were struggling to start the season, but they have a chance to begin to right the ship with only their second home game of the season on Wednesday night.

Robert Morris (4-4) comes in after losing their last game 82-69, to a solid Drexel Dragons team. It’s been an up-and-down start for the Colonials this season–they have played and lost to solid programs like USC, Missouri State, and a ranked Purdue squad. Their wins are not impressive, but are wins nonetheless.

Akron transfer and now senior Josh Williams stole headlines early in the season when he went off for 49 points on 15 three-pointers (a NCAA single-game record) against Mount Aloysius.

As a team, the Colonials play eight guys at least 14+ minutes a night but lack a ‘go-to-guy’ consistently.

This matchup is one that favors Canisius. As we’ve mentioned over and over again the Griffs struggle mightily on the boards–losing the rebounding battle in all six of their losses this season.

Robert Morris is not good on the boards either averaging 32 rebounds per night (Canisius averages 29).

Size-wise, this will be a lot closer than any team Canisius dealt with in the AdvoCare Invitational.

RMU has three ‘bigs’:

Koby Thomas (6’6 190lbs)– Thomas is the teams leading rebounder (5.6 RPG) but at 6’6 and under 200-pounds he finds success with his energy always attacking the glass. This could spell trouble for Canisius if they continue to give the lackadaisical effort on the boards.

Charles Bain (6’8 200lbs)– Bain offers more of a bigger body in the paint, but doesn’t do as much with it. His 4.7 RPG are third on the team–but I would consider it an advantage for Canisius when he’s on the court.

Malik Petteway  (6’8 240lbs)– Petteway is the team’s best player. His size will pose an issue for the Griffs forwards–more so on the offensive end, the senior has an array of moves and he can drive the lane or spot up and make a jumper. Can Scott Hitchon or Dantai St. Louis man-up Petteway? He’s not a huge playmaker on the boards, averaging 4.4 rebounds per night, but if he outworks the Griffs guys down low–he can put up sizeable numbers quickly.

Canisius’ guards should be able to have not only an athletic advantage over RMU, but talent-wise as well. Outside of Williams, Robert Morris doesn’t have an offensive-first guard on the roster.

Senior Matty McConnell is a pest, averaging two steals a game, and is a sneaky rebounder (5.0 RPG) similar to Malik Johnson of the Griffs–but he will not scare you with his shot.

Isaiah Reese will need to find his shot, something we have discussed at length, but ultimately it needs to happen on the court.

Prediction

I pride myself on all of my college basketball predictions, but Canisius hasn’t been kind to me in games I believe they should win (looking at you UAlbany and SBU). They have struggled in all aspects and without major changes to their focus and overall play on the court how am I supposed to predict them to win?

Maybe it’s because I have seen the talent on this ball club last season. They are a better basketball team than Robert Morris, on paper–last year’s paper.

The line on this game has not been released at the time of this writing, however I do believe we will see Canisius favored by 2-6 points.

And I believe we will see a refreshed Griffs team that begins to ‘right the ship’ at home.

Canisius 73 Robert Morris 65

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